Day 19

Everyone, including yours truly, appears to have woken up on the wrong side of the bed today. So, grumpy kids and an equally grumpy teacher slogged through the day until the prospect of an afternoon playdate for S and H brightened moods considerably.

N (age 11):

Math: N warmed up with mental math and a worksheet on equations (solving addition and subtraction problems with missing numbers). Her lesson introduced writing and solving equations from story problems. She found the lesson to be very easy and got through it quickly (but grumpily). She completed a lesson review.

Spelling: N practiced her words with the prefixes pre-, pro-, re-, and ex-.

Writing: N completed her final draft on organizing sentences in a paragraph with a flow of ideas, making corrections to spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.

Reading: N finished Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, so her reading class today will entail watching the movie and comparing it with the book. I read a chapter of The Witch of Blackbird Pond  last night. Two chapters to go!

Bible: N and C reviewed all their memory verses (2 Timothy 3:16-17, Exodus 20:1-17, Psalm 1:1-3) and recited the books of the Bible. They learned the story of Balaam and his donkey.

Science: N, C, S, and H learned more about the life cycle of stars. They also learned about  black holes and reviewed Einstein’s theory of general relativity (which we learned about in physics two years ago).

Geography: N and C filled in their Middle East maps and all the countries they know on their Southeast Asia maps. Today, we learned about the tiny sultanate of Brunei. There wasn’t a whole lot of information available geared toward kids, so we read the overview of Brunei from the National Geographic (not the one for kids) website and did an image search on the country.

Social Studies: Since last week was short, N and C didn’t finish their group project on Massachusetts. So, they worked on it today.

Music: N practiced her scales (G major and C major) and her new song. She’s doing better with her new song and the frustration is wearing off.

C (age 10):

Math: C warmed up with some mental math. Then, she reviewed her lessons on even and odd numbers, and on using multiplication on addition problems with the same addends (e.g., 5 + 5 + 5 as 3 x 5).

Spelling: C practiced her words with S, L, and R consonant blends.

Writing: C finished writing her dialogue, making corrections to capitalization, spelling, and punctuation.

Reading: C read a chapter of Little House in the Big Woods . I read a chapter of The Witch of Blackbird Pond  last night.

Bible: Combined class with N, S, and H.

Science: Combined class with N, S, and H.

Geography: Combined class with N.

Social Studies: Group project with N.

Music: C practiced A, B, C, E, and all her chord transitions. She played while reading music.

S (age 7):

Math: S warmed up by counting to 100 by 1s, 5s, and 10s, and by counting backward from 20 to 1. Then, astute and observant mother that I am, I opened the math book and realized that she is done with Saxon Math Homeschool K. I, of course, have none of the worksheets that I need for Saxon Math Homeschool 1, so I had S practice writing numbers. And I ordered the workbooks to begin first grade math. They should be here on Thursday.

Grammar: S recited “The Caterpillar,” and then was introduced to her new memory poem, “Work.” She learned the meaning of the word “anonymous.”

Reading: S and I sang the alphabet song. I showed S a card with the letter “f” and a fish on it. We practiced the /f/ sound. Then, I showed S a picture of a pond scene. S picked out all the pictures that started with the /f/ sound. Then, I gave her four cards, three of which had pictures that started with the /f/ sound. She glued the three /f/ cards to a paper with the letter “f” and a fish on it. I read S three riddles whose answers began with the /f/ sound. I read S and H a chapter of Ramona and Her Father.

Bible: S and H learned the story of Balaam and his donkey.

Science: Combined class with N, C, and H.

H (age 4):

Math: H warmed up by counting to 20 with me. We also sang our “Days of the Week” song. S identified learned about circles and rectangles, and she identified them throughout the house.

Reading: H continued to review the vowels for letter recognition and short vowel sounds. I read S and H a chapter of Ramona and Her Father.

Writing: H practiced writing her name and the vowels, all in capital letters, using a custom worksheet I made at HandwritingPractice.Net.

Bible: S and H learned the story of Balaam and his donkey.

Science: Combined class with N, C, and H.

 

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I was an education major in college, but I hated teaching. And then I started homeschooling. Good days, bad days, I love them all! It's a great adventure with my favorite people in the whole world.

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